Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is defined as an auto-immune condition where the immune system attacks the body’s healthy tissue. Thus, RA symptoms go well beyond painful and stiff joints. But there are a lot of misconceptions surrounding RA since it is not the same for everyone. While one person with RA may experience joint pain, stiffness of joints, etc. someone else might experience skin symptoms along with painful joints.
Our contributors time and again share how RA symptoms go beyond painful joints. Here is a compilation of the various articles they’ve written sharing their experience with this unpredictable and mind-boggling condition.
In this article, Wren writes about the various comorbid conditions that could impact someone living with RA: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/would-like-something-with-that-maam/
Skin issues with RA
RA and cardiovascular health
In this article Andrew explores the cardiovascular implications of RA. People with RA are at an increased risk for cardiovascular diseases: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/cardiovascular-disease-risk/
RA and Lung Health
Read this article to learn the different co-morbid conditions that could raise their heads for people living with RA, for example, pleuritis, pulmonary fibrosis, interstitial lung disease etc: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/medical-conditions-occurring-along-with-ra/lung-diseases/
RA and Jaw Pain
In this article, Andrew researches the connection between RA and TMD (temporomandibular disorders): https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/jaw-pain-tmd/
RA and periodontal disease
Did you know that people living with RA are at risk for periodontal disease which is an inflammatory condition that can include gum inflammation and eventually damage to tissue and tooth loss? Read more: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/oral-hygiene-protect-yourself-against-periodontal-disease/
RA and eyes
Lisa, one of our contributors, lives with RA and in this article talks about her experience with uevitis and scleritis, eye conditions that could affect people living with RA: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/red-eye-not-always-overnight-flight/
RA is a complex condition with many symptoms and co-morbidities and therefore it is key to understand this condition and its implications better to be equipped to manage it better.